Sending good money after bad rarely makes sense. But in the case of a nonprofit developer behind on quake repairs in North Hills, it may be the only option. Last week, Housing Department head Gary Squier said he would recommend loaning Neighborhood Empowerment and Economic Development, or NEED, more money to jump-start work on projects that have languished for months.
NEED, which is politically connected to Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon, estimates it may require as much as $1 million more to complete repairs on buildings in North Hills' Orion-Parthenia neighborhood, one of the hardest hit by the Northridge earthquake. That money would come on top of the $6 million already loaned to NEED for projects in the neighborhood.